Category Archives: The Winter’s Tale

cool neat artsy stuff

I worked very hard kissing pieces of paper to make these visual representations of Twelfth Night and Troilus and Cressida.

Basically my thought process is this: both of these plays deal with gender in one way or another. What’s more heavily gendered than lipstick? And how can I alter the appearance of a simple smooch to address some more themes in these plays?

So here they are:

genres and modes

Twelfth Night on left, Troilus and Cressida on right (in case the quotes weren’t obvious.)

Kisses are more popularly recognized as small acts of romance which is present in both of these plays, but as I said earlier, my goal here was to use one obvious symbol in different ways.

In the Twelfth Night piece, the lipstick represents makeup, costumes and disguise. One half of the mark is intact, representing Viola and her complete femininity, and the other half is smudged, representing Cesario and his apparent lackthereof.

In the Troilus and Cressida piece, the lipstick is lust and the sword is war. In our society, some women are seen as ‘false’ for wearing makeup, and this ties in as well. Not only does Cressida become false because of what she says to Troilus (with her lips, get it?) but for acting on the lust between herself and Diomedes. I drew the sword in because war is literally half of the plot, and I think it works to create a sinister contrast between something sexy and comfortable and something undesirable and dangerous.

Open Links to Performances (Performance Badge)

As You Like It – 1936 film version

Helpful version as it contains subtitles for retention and comprehension of material not covered in class. A great comedy to pair with Twelfth Night, and resourceful for unpacking themes within the pastoral mode.

To Kill Myself – Rape of Lucrece 

Wonderfully artistic visioning from The Royal Shakespeare Company.

Act 3, Scene 2 – The Winter’s Tale 

Perhaps for me the standout example of a well spoken, educated, strong woman in all the texts covered this semester. A great reminder of our lectures covering the power and importance of words.

Romeo and Juliet – Onscreen footage

Everyone’s classic introduction to Shakespeare. I was reminded heavily of the play when reading The genres of Shakespeare’s plays, by Susan Snyder as she talks in depth about the reflection of youth in Shakespeare’s works. Characters become representations of the time period and a refection of society. This is set up immediately  in Romeo and Juliet’s prologue, “Two households, both alike in dignity|In fair Verona, where we lay our scene|From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,|where civil blood makes civil hands unclean” (1.Pro.1-3).

Act 5, Scene 3 – King Lear 

Continuing the consideration of genre, King Lear is a great example of ego and pride leading to a tragic end (which cannot be evaded). This is a very emotionally powerful clip displaying the effects of time within a tragedy.



poster for winter’s tale

winter's tale

I found the theme of jealousy to be very important in the winter’s tale and i also thought that jealousy was the main instigator for most of the issues and conflicts in the play. Because of this i decided to use a green monster as the background to represent leontes’ jealousy and chose the quote that i did.

Visual Art

The following  visual art is for my favourite line from all the plays:


[Exit, pursued by a bear]

I don’t know if that’s cheating because it doesn’t really count as a line – it’s more of a stage direction. Even though that situation was dire (i.e. the death of Antigonus), I still found that part hilarious. As you can see by my depiction of the bear as Winnie the Pooh. Yeah, I’ll see myself out. . . (hopefully also pursued by a bear).

Okay, I’m done for real this time

On the Depiction of Time

Good day everyone!

Last week Tuesday in class we briefly talked about act 4, scene 1 in The Winter’s Tale in relation to choruses and their roles in the various plays. I soon inspired me to put down on paper what I thought Time would (or maybe should) look like in that one scene.

And this is what I came up with:
The Chorus of Time

Looking back at act 4 scene 1 we know that Time has wings: “Now take upon me, in the name of Time, / To use my wings.” (3-4)
Even though Time is the only character on stage, we do actually know the gender of Time. In the last set of lines in the scene, Time says: “If never, yet that Time himself doth say / He wishes earnestly you never may.” (31-32)

However up until that last little part I had first imagined Time as female!

Doing some more digging I found some more details on Time. Our edition of The Winter’s Tale has some nice info on pages 76-83 specifically on this topic, which also include some nice visual depictions of Time as well. It seems that Time was conventionally portrayed as a bearded old man, well, most of the time .(Haha!) Our text describes of one production in 1999, directed by Declan Donnellan, in which, it seems for the first, ahem, time, instead of a elderly bearded man, Time was, to everyone’s surprise, a youthful and attractive woman! So I was not alone!

I mean it only makes sense that Time would be young right? Since Time as a person is the personification of time, he/she should not be affected by time. Anyways…

Our text also mentions that Time carried an hourglass, as is reflected in the lines: ” Your patience this allowing, / I turn my glass, / and give my scene such growing / As you had slept between. ” (15-17) Another source I found stated that sometimes Time had a mirror instead. So in this case “glass” could be represented by either, but it seems the hourglass was more common so I went with that.

For my own personal touches, I thought that since I made her look pretty angelic, and since she is Time, I drew her halo in likeness to a clock. It turned out a lot less cheesy than I thought it would, I think.

And that’s pretty much it! Thanks for reading this far! One last thing, if you were a director, how would you portray Time? Old man? Young blonde? Something entirely different? Let me know in the comments!

-Ishmael Gowralli

The other source I found:
Rundus, Raymond J. “Time and His ‘Glass’ in The Winter’s Tale.” Shakespeare Quarterly 25.1 (1974): 123-125.

The Winter’s Tale (artwork)

FullSizeRenderThe top left is Hermione from the perspective of Leontes during his jealous rage. She is sexualized and placed in a box. Leontes is attached to the box on the right, and I depicted him being controlled by a spectre influencing his sight and thought (the spectre of jealousy and paranoia). Below Leontes, on the bottom right, is the king of Bohemia Polixenes. I drew him separated from Hermione and Leontes to touch on his isolation from them, both physical and mental. Lastly, on the bottom left of the page I drew Autolycus, because I found him to be an interesting character. I drew his true and sinister face projecting a false version of himself, as he is in disguise for virtually the entire play.


The Winter’s Tale – Live Performance Poster

The Winter’s Tale – Live Performance Poster
By Andrew Lane

Here is my interpretation of The Winter’s Tale through a poster. In behind you see Hermione in jail. Out front you see Leontes. The grave is to represent Hermione’s death. Anyway I wanted to use some symbolism as well in this picture/poster. The birds I use to represent there is a happy ending. Of course I chose a winter scene to fit. This would be my version of a modern adaptation.  I hope you enjoy.

The Winter's Tale